St. Cecilia Academy News
Two St. Cecilia Academy art students recognized at two national art competitions
Two St. Cecilia Academy student artists have been recognized at two national art competitions in New York, New York and Washington, D.C. over the summer.
St. Cecilia Academy senior Kathleen Collins was named a National Medalist in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Collins' winning piece, Indonesian Predator, was awarded in printmaking. There were more than 330,000 original works of art and writing submitted by students in grades 7-12 this year. Collins received the Silver Medal by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists in the nation. Only 1% was recognized at the national level. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the oldest and one of the most prestigious student art competitions in the country. Past winners include noted artists such as Red Grooms and Andy Warhol. Artist and Educator Barbara Gronefeld earned a Silver Medal in the National Scholastic Arts Awards for mentorship of Kathleen.
Sophomore art student Kaylee Contreras won National Honorable Mention in the Multimedia Youth Contest, for her painting entitled, Poor in Spirit, Rich in Love. The campaign was sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and co-sponsored by RCL Benziger, a catholic publishing company. The national judges were very impressed with both the creativity and the thoughtfulness of the artwork as well as the depth of her essays. Kaylee will receive a cash award and a matching gift to a CCHD funded group of her choice. In addition, her artwork will be featured in a traveling exhibit at the national Catholic conferences for one year.